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WICHITA, Kansas — River Festival added vendors to this year’s food court with the hopes of helping festival goers enjoy their local treats along with the traditional turkey legs and funnel cakes.
So far, festival organizers and local vendors say the result is looking good.
“I think people are delighted. Food court crowds have been good. Folks are enjoying themselves,” says President and CEO of Wichita Festivals Mary Beth Jarvis.
It’s hard not to with all of the choices at the River Festival food court.
And this year there are more local choices.
“So, the Nuways that you know and love, your special treats from Larry Bud’s, cannolis and baked goods from Bakerman’s, and you can even get Kansas catfish on the food court this year, and that’s pretty exciting,” explains Jarvis.
And the local vendors are happy to be back too.
“So it’s really good to see a lot of the places that started here in Wichita continuing to grow at the River Festival,” says April Koon, who works for Nuway.
Nuway is among those local places participating.
“I think it goes back to supporting the local economy, seeing friendly faces, there’s a lot of the customers that come into the stores down here, and it’s just great to see the connection in a different environment,” says Koon.
“Chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick. Can’t be beat. I have watched it. I haven’t tasted,” laughs Jarvis.
But I tried it. And I even shared.
Whether it’s a local treat or a national fair food favorite it can be found at the River Fest food court.
“Well, we really we actually added vendors here so we didn’t necessarily go down on the national folks because everyone loves their funnel cakes and their turkey legs and the things that that are kind of unique to River Festival,” explains Jarvis.